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December 12, 1953

Psychosomatic Approach to Gynecology and Obstetrics

JAMA. 1953;153(15):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940320083039

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This book, written by a neuropsychiatrist, was designed to supplement texts on gynecology and obstetrics and to further the interest of obstetricians and gynecologists in a psychiatric approach to their work. Since the author does not use the highly technical terminology of psychoanalysis, physicians who are not specialists in psychiatry and psychoanalysis will find it easy to read. The book is divided into six sections on (1) functional disorders; (2) constipation; (3) minor gynecology, covering puberty, dysmenorrhea, psychosomatic uterine bleeding, functional amenorrhea, psychogenic leukorrhea, frigidity, and the menopause; (4) operative gynecology, including preoperative care of neurotic patients, postoperative neurosis, and anesthesia; (5) obstetrics, including gestation, parturition, confinement, lactation, and abortion; and (6) psychotherapeutics, treating the gynecologist's significance to woman's unconscious and methods of psychotherapy.

There are 50 illustrative case reports distributed throughout the book. At the end is an extensive bibliography of 516 references, and all the authors of these

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